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Lecturers’ Attitude to Social Network Media: Implication for Accessibility and Usability Need in Open and Distance Education

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An attempt was made to determine the level of lecturers’ attitude to social network media, the factor which is paramount to accessibility and usability need of the learners in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). A multi-stage, stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used to select 80 lecturers that constituted the study sample. Fifty of these lecturers came from single mode University while, the remaining 30 were from dual mode university. The instrument used for data collection was adapted from an eclectic integration of previous instruments developed by some researchers, with a reliability coefficient of 0.75 using test-retest method. Five research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the research Questions. The hypotheses formulated were analyzed with t-test and Analysis of variance. It was discovered that the general attitudes of lecturers towards social network media were positive. It was therefore recommended that awareness programme that promote attitude towards social network media should be organized, for ODL lecturers to further increase their interest in their participation in good accessibility and usability exercise in ODL. Also, ODL lecturers should be given training that is e-learning oriented in social network media through, workshop and conferences to further improve their contribution to accessibility and usability needs of the learners.

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  • Lecturer
  • Attitude
  • Social network media
  • Accessibility
  • Usability
  • Distance education

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Susan, A.F. (2014). Lecturers’ Attitude to Social Network Media: Implication for Accessibility and Usability Need in Open and Distance Education. In: Vincenti, G., Bucciero, A., Vaz de Carvalho, C. (eds) E-Learning, E-Education, and Online Training. eLEOT 2014. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 138. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-13293-8_3

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